Lower School Vocational Programme

Candidates are eligible to enrol at Ballet West High Performance Lower School starting at the age of 11 (academic year 8/S1).


Students have the opportunity to develop their dance and academic talents in the company of likeminded individuals, which contributes significantly to their holistic adjustment.


The high performance training environment at Ballet West High Performance Lower School is unique and boasts a well-developed methodology with an excellent track record for developing young dancers.

Past students have been recognised at the most prestigious dance events around the world, including Prix de Lausanne, Genée IBC, Cecchetti IBC, SAIBC, YAGP and VKIBC New York Finals.


Ballet West High Performance Lower School serves as a feeder programme for the Ballet West Upper School. The Upper School offers a university education focused on dance development and preparation for professional employment with a dance company.

Students from the High Performance Lower School will benefit artistically from their inclusion in stage productions with the Ballet West Company and the Professional International Touring Company.


This stage experience will educate High Performance Lower School students in the artistic demands of life as a professional dancer.

High Performance Lower School Class Schedule

& Levels of Training


Intermediate 11/12 yrs



  • 16 hours dance weekly

  • 16 hours cross-training weekly

  • 18 hours academic tutoring



  • Cecchetti Intermediate/Foundation

  • RAD Intermediate/Foundation

  • Contemporary Intermediate

  • Rhythmic Gymnastics Pre Junior/Junior

Advanced 13/14 yrs



  • 17 hours dance weekly

  • 17 hours cross-training weekly

  • 18 hours academic tutoring


  • Cecchetti Advanced 1/Foundation

  • RAD Advanced 1/Foundation

  • Contemporary Advanced 1

  • Rhythmic Gymnastics Junior

Pre-Professional 15/16 yrs


  • 18 hours dance weekly

  • 18 hours cross-training weekly

  • 18 hours academic tutoring


  • Cecchetti Advanced 2

  • RAD Advanced 2 & Solo Seal

  • Contemporary Advanced 2

  • Rhythmic Gymnastics Junior/Senior

High Performance Lower School Payment Plan

A deposit of £2,000 is required with enrolment as the first instalment. The balance can be paid in 10 monthly instalments of £700 or in full. 


The yearly boarding fee requires a deposit of £1,500 followed by 10 monthly payments of £750.


For a student with an extraordinary facility for classical ballet and a work ethic suited to the demands of a high performance training programme, a bursary may be considered.

Start your application process here...


We are currently auditioning for 2020/2021

Places also available for final year entry


Ballet West has a number of courses available from Higher Education, Associates Programmes and Outreach Classes.


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Ballet West

01866 822641 | office@balletwest.ac.uk
Ichrachan House, Taynuilt, Argyll, PA35 1HP, Scotland

Company Number: SC175325

Scottish Charity Number: SC022105

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